Mary Elizabeth House Feldsted

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(04/27/1921 - 08/25/2013)

Mary passed away on August 25, 2013 at the age of 92. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Mary was the second child and daughter of John Ford House and Grace Woodard House. Her sister, Katherine ("Kay"), was just 13 months older and they were very close friends throughout their lives. Mary's father was the Assistant Postmaster of Nashville, and a general contractor who built large homes in the Belle Meade neighborhood of Nashville. After high school, Mary attended the George Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University).

In 1943, Mary was attracted by the excitement of Washington, D.C., and she obtained a secretarial job within the War Department during the Second World War. After the war ended, Mary eagerly accepted an assignment to work at a U.S. Army base in Germany for six months. She enjoyed the traveling and, upon her return in 1946, she obtained a six month assignment to Chalk River, Ontario, Canada, the site of a new nuclear power reactor at the Chalk River Labs.

In Chalk River, Mary met her future husband, Eggert ("Ed") Thomas Feldsted, M.D. A graduate of the University of Manitoba Medical School, Ed had selected radiology for his medical career and was on a six-week internship in Chalk River at the time to study the use of nuclear isotopes in medical treatment. Mary and Ed were introduced by mutual friends, and were married six years later in 1952 at St. Alban's Church in Washington, D.C. After the wedding, they made their first home on Devonshire Crescent in Vancouver, B.C., where Ed was a physician at Vancouver General Hospital and near Ed's parents and siblings. Mary was welcomed into Ed's family and she soon became a "favorite" aunt of Ed's nephews and nieces with her sweet and gentle manner.

Over the next five years, Mary and Ed had three children - Nancy Elizabeth, John Ford and Susan Thomas. After two years in Portland, Oregon, Mary and Ed moved to Santa Barbara in 1957, where Ed had purchased a radiology practice from Dr. Cliff Jones. He was joined over the next decade by Drs. Harold Tivey, Robert W. Olsen, Brian Jarchow, and Duane Gillum. In 1973, the group became Pueblo Radiology Medical Group, Inc., which continues today.

In Santa Barbara, Mary found many friends in the St. Francis Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Assistance League of Santa Barbara, Laguna Blanca School, and the National Charity League. While her passion was always her family, she became a motivated bridge player and an avid golfer at La Cumbre Country Club. In the 1970s, Mary's sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Wallace Drew, retired to Santa Barbara and the sisters frequently enjoyed each other's company.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ed Feldsted; her daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Feldsted; and her sister, Katherine Drew. She is survived by her children and their spouses: John and Pam Feldsted, and Susan and Mark Halman; and by her grandchildren: Scott Thomas Feldsted, Katherine Elizabeth Halman and David Thomas Halman.

Our family is forever grateful to the very dedicated, courageous, determined and loving caregivers who enabled our mother to live in her home of 52 years until her last few months of life. We would also thank the staff at The Samarkand for their love, kindness and professional help during our mother's final days.

On September 7, 2013, we will have a celebration of Mary's life at 11:00 a.m. in Santa Barbara. Please RSVP to or call (310) 456-3656, if you would like to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to SEE, 23532 Calabasas Road, Suite A, Calabasas, CA 91302, with "Feldsted Elder Support" noted as the Project Name in the memo line, or online at: (

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Sept. 5 to Sept. 9, 2013
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